Kingman in Kingman County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Land of the Buﬀalo
Before this became a great agricultural country its most important product was the buffalo. Millions of these animals grazed over the prairies, moving in great herds that stretched from horizon to horizon. They were life itself to the Plains Indians who ate their meat, dressed in their hides and used their bones and sinews for countless purposes. Indians killed only what they needed, but wasteful white hunters slaughtered indiscriminately, sometimes using only the tongues of the dead beasts. Between 1868 and 1881 it is estimated that carbon companies paid $2,500,000 in Kansas for buffalo bones alone, representing the skeletons of 31,000,000 animals.
The buffalo has been saved from extinction through private and public preserves. One herd is maintained in this state park. The Kansas legislature in 1955 recognized the historical importance of the buffalo by designating it the official state animal.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
Location. 37° 38.727′ N, 98° 6.765′ W. Marker is in Kingman, Kansas, in Kingman County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 North Main Street, Kingman KS 67068, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within City Building (here, next to this marker); United States Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (about 400 feet away); Kingman Veteran Memorial (about 400 feet away); Kingman County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kingman Memorial Armory (approx. 0.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is on the north side of the City Building, next to the bank drive thru lanes.
Regarding Land of the Buffalo. The marker was moved from an unknown Kansas State Park at an unknown time. It sits at the Kingman County Historical Museum.
Also see . . .
1. American Bison. (Submitted on January 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Bison in Yellowstone National Park. (Submitted on January 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. National Wildlife Federation Bison Facts. (Submitted on January 18, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Animals • Disasters • Environment • Native Americans •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.